Published in the Concordia
Blade-Empire on Feb. 4, 2013.
Lee Warren Doyen, 91,
of Concordia, died Feb. 2, 2013. He was born July 26, 1921, to Millie
(Derby) and Orville Doyen. He was the oldest of four brothers. He married
Peggy Block on his birthday in 1947 in Emporia, They had three children.
He grew up in Rice. He started first grade at the Rice school at age four
and he graduated from Concordia High School at age 16. He graduated from
Kansas State University in 1944 with a bachelor's degree in agricultural
economics. He later earned a master's degree from Colorado State University.
After graduation from K-State, he was in the 18th Class at the United
States Midshipman School in Columbia, N.Y. After release from the Navy,
he became a teacher.
He taught 15 years of high school vocational agriculture in Leon, Mulvane,
Beloit and Concordia. He worked eight years as assistant manager of North
Central Kansas Production Credit Association. He taught at Cloud County
Community College, started the agribusiness program and was department
head for 20 years. The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture
awarded him the Teaching Award of Excellence in 1981 and the Distinguished
Educator award in 1989. He retired in 1988.
Lee participated in sports. He lettered in basketball and baseball at
K-State and earned a lifetime pass to all K-State sporting events. He
pitched semi-pro baseball for teams around Wichita 1946-56. He coached
girls basketball at Leon High School. He officiated 25 years of high school
basketball, coached Kiwanis K18 baseball and coached seven years of community
He believed in community service. He was active in Boy Scouts of America
local and district committees and earned the BSA Silver Beaver Award.
He served on the Concordia Recreation Commission, the Cloud County Community
College steering committee and, after retirement, served on the community
college's board of trustees.
He served seven years on the Concordia city commission and served as mayor
twice. He was active on the Cloud County Historical Society Museum board
and the Cloud County Convention and Tourism committee. He was a member
of the American Legion, the Masons and the Texas Date Nail Collectors
Association. He served Kiwanis as a district governor, and in recent years
participated in Rotary. He was a member of the First United Methodist
Church and served on the building committee.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy of the home daughter Ann and husband
Donn Walters of Dallas, Texas, daughter Carol and husband Floyd Hockersmith
of Manhattan, and son Kent and wife Julie Doyen of Riley.
He has five grandchildren: Hal Hockersmith, Deshler, Neb.; Van Hockersmith,
Salina; Sarah Walters, Dallas, Texas; Grant Doyen, Manhattan; and Kurt
His surviving brothers are Ray Doyen and wife Peggy and Ross Doyen and
wife Katherine, Concordia, and Mark Doyen and wife Marjorie, Bartlesville,
Okla. He has seven nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 1-8:30 p.m. with family receiving
guests from 7-8:30 p.m. at Nutter Mortuary, 116 E. 6th St., Concordia.
The funeral service will be Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m., at the First
United Methodist Church, 740 W. 11th St., Concordia, with graveside service
at the Rice Cemetery.
The family suggest memorials to the Cloud County Historical Society or
Cloud County Community College Foundation.
Nutter Mortuary, 116 E. 6th, Concordia, is in charge of arrangements.